Meijo Wins 4th-Straight Mt. Fuji Girls’s Ekiden Nationwide Title, Fuwa Strikes Once more

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1st-year Nanase Tanimoto received issues rolling with a 12:49 win on the 4.1 km opening leg to provide Meijo a 7-second lead that elevated to 51 seconds over the subsequent three legs, 2nd runner Tomomi Musembi Takamatsu holding the margin and third and 4th runners Hana Inoue and Yuma Yamamoto working the quickest instances on their phases. On the longest leg, the ten.5 km Fifth Stage, Yuna Wada took 45 seconds off the course file to additional open Meijo’s result in 1:13, and the crew’s final two runners Yuka Masubuchi and Narumi Kobayashi each did their elements, Masubuchi taking the result in 1:59 and Kobayashi to 2:58 on the robust uphill anchor stage to convey Meijo in for the win in 2:22:24 for the complete 43.4 km course. 

However the race’s primary motion occurred far again from Meijo’s frontrunning win. Takushoku College 1st-year Seira Fuwa has had an unbelievable debut season culminating in a 30:45.21 observe 10000 m debut earlier this month that made her the second-fastest Japanese lady ever at simply age 18. She began the ten.5 km Fifth Stage in twelfth place, a hopeless 2:22 behind Wada. And straight away, she had firm for the primary time this season. 2019 World College Video games Half Marathon gold medalist Yuka Suzuki of 3-time 2nd-placer Daito Bunka College rode proper up on on Fuwa within the first few hundred m after beginning simply 2 seconds behind. 1 km into the stage Fuwa break up 2:59 and Suzuki 2:57, hammering down the groups forward of them one after the other.

Suzuki, who has run 31:37.88 on the observe, lasted virtually to three km earlier than dropping contact, whereas Fuwa stored rolling by a 15:09 break up at 5 km. Round 7 km she seemed a bit drained for the primary time, however after 8 km she pulled it again collectively properly sufficient to maneuver from twelfth into 2nd and to inside 1:13 of Meijo. That is how lengthy Wada’s new course file lasted, Fuwa beating it by over a minute with a 32:23. Suzuki did not hand over both after getting dropped, shifting up from thirteenth to third and likewise bettering Wada’s time and the previous course file in 33:07. For 10 km these would equate to 31:56 for Wada, 31:32 for Suzuki, and 30:50 for Fuwa, proper in keeping with their different performances, particularly Fuwa’s.

Put up-race Suzuki confirmed respect for the youthful Fuwa, saying, “I used to be simply centered on shifting ahead. However after I caught as much as her, yeah, I used to be fairly nervous.” When the announcer stated, “She was superb, however you have been superb too,” Suzuki simply laughed and shook her head. For her half Fuwa stated, “By way of the crew our purpose is to complete within the prime 8, so I am proud of placing us into 2nd. By way of my very own purpose, I needed to enter 1st, so I am actually disillusioned I could not accomplish that. I hope our final two runners can hold us within the prime 8.”

Fuwa received her want, Takushoku finally putting sixth to make the 8-deep podium for the primary time. DBU was 2nd once more due to strong uphill runs on the final two phases after Suzuki’s wonderful leg, virtually 3 minutes behind Meijo in 2:25:22 regardless of lacking its different star runner, steepler Reimi Yoshimura. Nittai College moved into third on the anchor stage for its best-ever crew putting, with Ritsumeikan College sustaining its unbroken streak of top-4 placings yearly for the reason that occasion started in 2004. Final yr’s 4th-placer Matsuyama College was fifth forward of Takushoku, with Josai College and the Nationwide College Choose Staff rounding out the rostrum.

A number of the girls within the race will line up in subsequent month’s Nationwide Girls’s Ekiden to signify their residence prefectures. However for a lot of it marked the tip of their collegiate careers, one final race earlier than heading to the company leagues or hanging them as much as head out into regular life. Meijo’s Takamatsu, Inoue and Wada all graduate this yr, Takamatsu and Inoue amongst these saying goodbye to the game. Their commencement is successful to Meijo’s possibilities subsequent yr, however with Tanimoto successful her stage at each of her debut season’s main ekidens there’s not less than one athlete their stage developing by the crew’s ranks.

Mt. Fuji Girls’s Ekiden

sixteenth Nationwide College Girls’s Invitational Ekiden Championships

Shizuoka, 30 Dec. 2021

24 groups, 7 phases, 43.4 km

High Particular person Stage Outcomes

First Stage (4.1 km)

1. Nanase Tanimoto (Meijo Univ.) – 12:49

2. Yuki Tagawa (Matsuyama Univ.) – 12:56

3. Yuiri Ogata (Nittai Univ.) – 13:03

Second Stage (6.8 km)

1. Hikaru Kitagawa (Osaka Geijutsu Univ.) – 21:21

1. Kako Kanazawa (Tohoku Fukushi Univ.) – 21:21

3. Saya Nakajima (Choose Staff) – 21:23

Third Stage (3.3 km)

1. Hana Inoue (Meijo Univ.) – 10:20

2. Momoko Shimada (Nittai Univ.) – 10:23

3. Mai Misaki (Ritsumeikan Univ.) – 10:33

Fourth Stage (4.4 km)

1. Yuma Yamamoto (Meijo Univ.) – 14:26

2. Akari Nakamura (Nittai Univ.) – 15:07

3. Kokoro Nakachi (Ritsumeikan Univ.) – 15:16

3. Yuna Kyuki (Bukkyo Univ.) – 15:16

Fifth Stage (10.5 km)

1. Seira Fuwa (Takushoku Univ.) – 32:23 – CR

2. Yuka Suzuki (Daito Bunka Univ.) – 33:07 (CR)

3. Yuna Wada (Meijo Univ.) – 33:32 (CR)

Sixth Stage (6.0 km)

1. Rinka Hida (Ritsumeikan Univ.) – 19:31 CR tie

2. Yuka Masubuchi (Meijo Univ.) – 19:50

3. Mio Kuroda (Nittai Univ.) – 19:51

Seventh Stage (8.3 km, >150 m ascent)

1. Narumi Kobayashi (Meijo Univ.) – 29:55

2. Asa Kobayashi (Ritsumeikan Univ.) – 30:20

3. Mizuho Yamaga (Daito Bunka Univ.) – 30:29

High Staff Performances – eight-deep podium

1. Meijo College – 2:22:24

2. Daito Bunka College – 2:25:22

3. Nittai College – 2:25:59

4. Ritsumeikan College – 2:26:19

5. Matsuyama College – 2:26:24

6. Takushoku College – 2:26:33

7. Josai College – 2:28:09

8. Nationwide College Choose Staff – 2:28:15

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9. Osaka Geijutsu College – 2:28:21

10. Osaka Gakuin College – 2:28:55

11. Kansai Gaikokugo College – 2:29:14

12. Tohoku Fukushi College – 2:29:36

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